Kwadwo Poku is switching Major League Soccer for the North American Soccer League.
On Wednesday New York City FC announced that Poku, 24, had been transferred to Miami FC with the fee not stated but believed to be around $750,000.
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The powerful Ghanaian attacker scored four goals in six starts for NYCFC in 2015 and become a cult figure for the Bronx based club in their inaugural campaign.
However after falling down the pecking order since Patrick Vieira took charge of NYCFC in 2016, Poku is now heading back to the NASL where he spent time with the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2014.
Sporting Director Claudio Reyna had the following to say about the transfer:
“This is a move that really makes sense for us,” Reyna said. “Miami came with a significant offer that will give us options in the summer transfer window and beyond. We know and understand that at this stage of his career playing regular first team football is very important to Poku.”
“We’d like to thank Poku for his contribution to the building of New York City FC on and off the pitch. Everyone at the club wishes him the very best in this next chapter of his career.”
Wherever Poku goes, he will have a cult following but it seems like he just didn’t fit into Vieira’s plans at Yankee Stadium.
There’s no doubt that we will see him around the MLS scene in the future but now he has the chance to be the main man for NASL newcomers, Miami FC.
The club co-owned by Italy legend Paolo Maldini will look to bounce back from a rough 2016 Spring season as they won just one of their opening 10 games as an NASL franchise and finished bottom of the standings.
The Fall season for the NASL begins this weekend.